North Cowichan\Duncan RCMP release:
Very few of us carry cash any more. One man in the Cowichan Valley is carrying it for a very deceitful reason. Numerous businesses have been hit by a man posing as a customer only to gain access to your cash. There is a reason many businesses do not accept $50 bills. Here is another one.
A lone man walks into a store, usually a small business or a chain where the cashiers tend to be young people. He makes a very small purchase and tenders a $50 bill as payment. He then jumps into his routine of asking for change in specific denominations, changing his mind frequently. By the end of the transaction he has confused the cashier and made off with anywhere from $75 to $300 and the product he still hasn’t paid for. The general description of the man:
30 – 40 years old
medium to heavy build
183 cm (6′)
grey and black clothing
possibly a silver hoop in left ear
short, straight brown hair with receding hairline
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP would like to ask the business owners/managers here in the Cowichan Valley to speak with their employees and discuss this form of fraud with them.
One of the reasons he may be using this type of quick change scam on younger employees is that they have been trained in an environment of debit and credit cards and they may not handle cash transactions very often, added Cpl. Krista Hobday.